If you’re looking to save time, then you have to love the idea of a CC, or color-correcting, cream. Designed to provide coverage, antioxidants and UV protections, CC creams are a delightful way to save much-needed time in the morning.
That said, I’m no makeup blogger (skincare is my thing, thank you very much), but I’ve found that most CC creams are too light for anyone out of the college-age years. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+ is medium to heavy coverage, depending on how much product you use and whether or not you take the time to blend each layer evenly. It also has a bit of a thickness to it — considering that the product promises to increase hydration by up to 179%, I guess that’s not a surprise — but it was a bit too hydrating and heavy for me.
For an ingredient-based review for this CC Cream, read on!
I prefer zinc oxide to titanium, but oh well
It is a little-known fact that zinc oxide is better than titanium oxide. This is because UVA and UVB rays are separated into longer UVA (UV-aging) and shorter UVB (UV-burning), and zinc oxide blocks a significantly longer portion of UVA rays (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2005). Unfortunately, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+ contains more titanium oxide than zinc oxide, which gave it a down mark in my book.
The best sunscreens with zinc oxide also have the ingredient micronized. Given the creamy paste-like consistency of IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+, I don’t believe the zinc and titanium oxides are micronized, and that’s a shame. Some scientists argue that micronized is bad because small oxides can get into your skin and cause oxidation, yet the vast majority argue that the benefit of a micronized zinc oxide in preventing UV-induced oxidation is greater than the risk of oxide-induced oxidation. Truth be told, very precise studies [with electron microscopy] have shown only very minimal levels of micronized oxides penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2007), so micronized zinc oxide appears to be both safe and cosmetically appealing.
A Very High Concentration of Snail Secretion Filtrate is…Well, Interesting
Whether or not snail mucin has effect in skincare depends on who you ask. Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman has introduced the Escarglow Facial, a $300 treatment that combines extracts of the slime with micro-needling to increase the product’s penetration. “People originally used live snails in facials, but you can imagine how some people didn’t like that,’’ Dr. Schulman tells NY Magazine. “There is anecdotal evidence that proteins in snail slime have anti-aging benefits, and clinical trials have looked at that, as well as reversal of sun damage, and shown improvement. Snail slime is not going to help deep folds, but it will improve skin texture and quality.’
The actual science behind these products is still somewhat inconclusive. Ironically for a hydrating product like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+, a small study concluded snail mucin skincare may be good for acne and acne scarring (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology).
Lab cell cultures thus far exhibit positive findings on in vitro skin cells, and a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment showed an improvement in burn patients who used snail mucin, but there have been no serious controlled clinical trials or long-term studies, so doctors and other skin care experts are divided.
Personally, I would prefer to put a concentrated glycolic acid solution on my face, in a concentration I can monitor for both results and sensitivity. For instance, if I’m using a 15% glycolic acid and getting great results, I might bump it up to 20%. But if 20% leaves my skin irritated, I’ll go back down to 15%. You can’t do that with snail mucin.
The other proteins in snail mucin, like elastin, are generally too large to penetrate the skin. [Read more: What Exactly is the 500 Dalton Rule?] Other products, like hyaluronic acid, may help aid with skin hydration.
.IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+ CC Cream is a great all-in-one product with antioxidants, snail filtrate, and a high concentration of zinc and titanium oxide. Unfortunately, it is a little thick and too much coverage for my liking.
Ingredients in IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better SPF 50+ CC Cream
Active: Titanium Dioxide 9.015%, Zinc Oxide 6.305%. Inactive: Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cholesteryl, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine HCl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine HCl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).